We spent 7 days in Yabuli over Christmas and it was a mixed bag in all respects.
The good (best) were the GO’s who were great. As all were far away from home at Christmas, they were very gracious and went out of their way to make us feel some sense of the season in a land where Christmas doesn’t mean very much at all.
The trip from Harbin was picturesque in an Arctic sort of way although the way back was delayed by about an hour as a government official was travelling on the road and didn't want to share it. Hundreds of cars waiting at a toll gate until told to go by the officials.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable and whilst lacking in character are well laid out. The whole complex is a bit of a labyrinth to negotiate with different floors and buildings for everything. The main restaurant is large enough but has a food hall feel about it with a bit of sameness in menu after a few days of 3 times a day. The other restaurants although inviting are without any character at all. The food itself is good, but as said, is a bit repetitious after the third day. Given the location and numbers, that is always going to be the case. Eating in the end fulfilled a purpose and was hardly a culinary celebration.
The extreme coldness of the area works to the disadvantage of skiing and snowboarding. For most days it was colder than -25 degrees at the top of the mountain peaking at -40 on a couple of days. Any new snow is swept way and the slopes are hills covered with ice. On a snowboard it is enough work just to stay on edge, the runs were that icy. The only powder you’ll get is in your bathroom. That being said, it is rarely crowded. Another point is bringing your own hardware. The rental skis are really not up to scratch although rentals are inexpensive. At the very least take your own clothing. The quality of the rental clothing looks abysmal. It should be noted that clothing and hardware rentals are entirely out of the resorts hands. The instructors look almost embarrassed when this is pointed out. They offer quality instruction given language barriers and have to make excuses for equipment.
For the fact of ticking off “went skiing in Manchuria” it is well worth it. If however you are seeking an alternative annual Ski-Fest, go elsewhere. The Club Med experience is excellent and given the isolation of the place is replicated well. For us, a 13 hour flight may be better served by going to Japan in future. It is a case of “done it, don’t need to do it again”.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Yabuli Hotel Shangzhi
- Club Med Yabuli China/Shangzhi